Mike McCormick, the only coach in the history of the McPherson College softball program, has announced his retirement after 15 years.
Brought in to start the program in 1999, the one-year club sport converted to a varsity sport in 2000. It wasn’t long before McCormick hoisted a conference title as his club won the 2003 KCAC Postseason Tournament. The team went from a 4-10 record in the league in 2002 to a 10-4 mark in their championship season.
“In my past 15 years, I’ve had the opportunity to coach many young ladies that have graduated and moved on in their field,” McCormick said. “I am proud to have a 90 percent graduation rate and the opportunity to be a part of their lives. I will miss McPherson College and thank them for trusting me with the team.”
Following his 14 seasons of competition, McCormick holds a record of 213-326-1 overall and 90-144 against KCAC opponents. His program has produced 90 All-KCAC athletes including 15 first-team performers. Seven of his players were named NAIA All-Region IV and multiple Bulldogs were awarded academic honors from both the NAIA and Daktronics. His program has had the highest graduation rate amongst all athletic teams during his tenure.
McCormick has been the KCAC softball chairperson for the past eight seasons and has been tournament director at numerous NAIA regional sites.
“Mike is one of those that you hate to see go,” McPherson College Director of Athletics Doug Quint said. “He has been here from the beginning and the time and energy he’s put into his program is something that we can all learn from. Mike has become a good friend and I am certainly going to miss him.”